The LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs and their veteran handlers honored our nation’s veterans on November 11th. Kare 9s from around the country offered their thanks to the men and women who have served in uniform. From World War II to our most current conflicts, LCC and the Kare 9s took time out on Wednesday to remember and thank our veterans.
Here are a few photos.
Help LCC Share the Love of Jesus this Christmas with Presents of Food for Children in Haiti's Tent City
Donations needed to provide children and their families with food
Through your generous donations, Lutheran Church Charities continues to provide scholarships for children in the tent city in Haiti. Each year for Christmas, we ask that you consider a gift of food for the children.
Because of the current food crisis in Haiti, we are asking for donations to provide each child with a food package of basic supplies that will feed their family for two weeks. Without this assistance, many of the children will go hungry.
The cost is $50.00 per child for a two week supply of basic food staples.
Please consider a generous donation to share the love and compassion of Jesus to these children this Christmas.
In early October, Redeemer, Fort Collins, Colorado, LCC K-9 Ministry team attended handler training and met their LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Devorah. Since that time, the team has actively trained and built a relationship with Devorah Comfort Dog. LCC is pleased to announce that the Redeemer Fort Collins team has successfully completed the placement process.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Devorah will serve along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Cubby as Redeemer Lutheran Church’s bridge to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. Devorah Comfort Dog's Bible verse is Isaiah 43:2: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is one of presence. When the Lord calls, we must go and serve Him. Isaiah 6:8 tells us, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’" The Redeemer team has heard the call and has said "Here am I. Send me."
The following new LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry handlers for the second team have heard the call: Top Dog Jody Lockwood, Michelle Brinnon, Steve Dornan, Kim Dornan, Carol Kriewald, Tom Peterson, Monica Ramsel, Norman Ramsel, and Jane Sutton
LCC is honored to include the following veteran handler to the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry: Norman Ramsel - U.S. Army (1970)
LCC is honored to include the following law enforcement handler to the LCC K-9 Police Ministry: Steve Dornan - Officer, San Diego (CA) Unified Police Department (2004 -2007)
God is with them as they begin this new journey as part of the LCC K-9 Ministry. Please pray for God’s guidance for this new team as they go out to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those that are suffering and need.
LCC received the following request from Pastor Kevin Kritzer, Bethany Lutheran Church, Long Beach, California.
Dear Lutheran Church Charities,
I received a request from Nader Hanna of Salam Ministries. Nader is in the process of his colloquy and serving as a vicar at Faith Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, California. Salam Ministries is doing wonderful work at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Cypress, which our congregation is serving during a long term vacancy.
Vicar Nadar shared:
“A few months ago a common friend introduced us to a beautiful Muslim family of four – husband, wife, daughter and son – to became a part of our Salam (SoCal) Fellowship/Bible study. God blessed us with a young American woman who volunteered to babysit the children during our Thursday meetings and teach them about Jesus. The wife was pregnant with twin boys and arrangements were in place to baptize all four of them in October. However, she delivered them early; the twins were born alive, breathed for a few seconds, and then passed as they were too tiny to survive. It was very emotional for the entire family!
Sharing parts of 1 Corinthians 15 was a source of consolation for the family… apparently the son was paying close attention; he started comforting us the adults with the word of Jesus: “We didn’t lose them, they are with God, God is their Father, they can see Jesus.”
‘I didn’t lose my twins, they are in good hands with the One who loves them before I even knew them, and He loves me. Painful, but we have hope, we have future, we have a friend, we have a Father, we have Jesus,’ the wife said between her tears. This family came to faith in Christ only last year, however they have a very strong faith and a deep relationship with God.
This new faithful family needs $2,500 in financial assistance to help cover burial/funeral costs. Once a refugee and asylum seeker, they are now U.S. citizens.”
Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity, hallmark characteristics of our God. I hope you’ll be able to assist with this request.
Kevin L. Kritzer
Bethany Lutheran Church
Long Beach, California
Please prayerfully consider making a donation to help this family in need.
On Wednesday, November 4, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Cubby (Redeemer - Fort Collins, Colorado) along with handler Joni and Top Dog Bonnie made the trip to Aurora, Colorado, to meet with an Army Veteran, Jill, and Eva, contact person at the Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center VA Medical Center.
We presented them with the quilts made by members of a quilting group at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colorado, some mini LCC Kare 9 Cubby military stuffed dogs, Cubby’s Kare 9 cards, and some special dog tags with a portion of Cubby’s bible verse printed on it to give to veterans along with a quilt. We also presented Eva with an “Essential Workers are our Heroes” sign for Eva to put in her office. We had a great visit and as soon as Covid-19 restrictions lift, we have been invited back to do our tour of the VA facility, and meet with veterans being cared for in specific units, and perhaps participate in special events for veterans at the VA center in the near future.
We love the passion and love for her job that Eva expressed. We asked what else we could do in the meantime for her and the veterans they serve, and she mentioned how nice it would be to have homemade written cards to give to veterans for Veterans Day, Christmas and Valentines Day. When we returned to Fort Collins, we reached out to Redeemer’s NextGen Director, Tara. She absolutely loved this idea and reassured us that this would be something the kids and students could do.
Sometimes we never really know what God has planned for us in this ministry, and this certainly was one of those times. He put into place a group that already was sewing quilts for veterans, and has extended our ministry outreach right to our own kids and students at Redeemer Lutheran Church. God is good!